From Design Computing to Creating Unique Technologies for Everyone
Prof. Ellen Yi-Luen Do
ATLAS Inst., Univ. of Colorado Boulder, USA

Ellen Yi-Luen Do is Director of Innovation and Partnership at the ATLAS Institute, and Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Before joining CU in 2017, she was a professor of Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Design and the School of Interactive Computing. At Georgia Tech she directs the ACME Creativity Machine Group and the Healthcare Design of the Future interdisciplinary R&D initiative for integrating technology into built environments. She was a member of the GVU Center faculty, an affiliate at the Center for Music Technology, and a core faculty at the Health Systems Institute, which hosts her office and lab. Ellen developed the Industrial Design Track of the MS-HCI degree program jointly with the School of Interactive Computing and served as an Associate Director of the program management team. She received a MDesS degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1991) and a Ph.D. in Design Computing from Georgia Tech (1998). Before returning to Georgia Tech as a professor (in 2006), she taught at the University of Washington in Seattle (1999-2004, Design Machine Group) and Carnegie Mellon University (2004 – 2005, CoDe Lab). Ellen was on leave from Georgia Tech (2013 – 2016) to serve as the co-director of the Keio-NUS CUTE Center at the National University of Singapore.

Now is an exciting time to engage in creative design computing, to implement physically and computationally enhanced environment, to explore experience media and interactive computing projects, towards a smart living environment. Advancing technology offers new ways to solve problems, discover opportunities, and create new objects and experience that delight our senses and improve the way we live and work. With a spark of creativity and enthusiasm, followed up with design and computational thinking, we can explore the goal of “creating unique technology for everyone” through the use of connective, ubiquitous technology for embodiments, in three themes: Tangible Interaction, Augmented Learning, and Embodied Experience. 

Aspirational Cyber Human Systems
A/Prof. Aisling Kelliher
Inst. for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, USA

Aisling Kelliher is an associate professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, with joint appointments in the School of Visual Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. Aisling creates and studies interactive media systems for enhancing reflection, learning, healing, and communication. She co-leads the Interactive Neurorehabilitation Lab at Virginia Tech where she works with a team of bioengineers, therapists, doctors, designers, and computer scientists in developing interactive systems for stroke rehabilitation in the home. Aisling is a member of the IEEE MultiMedia editorial board and writes or edits the regular “Artful Media” column. She served as the Paper Chair for ACM Creativity and Cognition in 2017 and for ACM Multimedia in 2016. She is also the regular technology correspondent on the “Culture File” show on Irish national radio. Aisling received a Ph.D. in Media, Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab where she was a member of the Interactive Cinema Group. She also holds an MSc. in Multimedia Systems from Trinity College, Dublin, and a B.A. in Communications Studies from Dublin City University.

The promise and threat of artificial intelligence is of growing significance for creative industries. Technical advancements in machine learning aim to better serve, engage, and retain consumers through highly targeted content presentation and personalized recommendations. Other advancements in automated content creation and AI assistive tools are heralded for their ability to efficiently generate highly optimized content at scale. Depending on one’s perspective, these developments can be understood as beauty or menace, with a vast landscape of complex issues and implications in between. As designers, creators, and researchers, how can we best conceptualize and handle artificial intelligence as a fundamental material building block in our work? How can the role of the human be elevated through encounters with AI systems that place the experience of the human agent as being as important or even more important than the process of data collection or algorithmic improvement? Using examples from domains such as design, healthcare, and the arts, this talk will examine issues of power, failure, resistance, trust, and social control within the entangled realm of creative AI.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Near You
Nikolay Nikolov, Poland

I’m an engineer with more 25 years’ experience in IT industry across the board. I’ve seen a lot of transformation driven by technology during this period. I was doing online CRM architectures and deployments back in 2000’s and I end up assembling highly productive mobile teams in recent years. My latest production project, where I led technical architecture, system design and implementation of GSK MyAsthma mobile application a class 1 medical device software for iOS and Android. I spent my last 8 years in GSK experimenting with innovative technologies from Raspberry PI to Microsoft HoloLens and HTC Vive. I have been leading software teams doing proof of concepts with smart glasses and near field communications in area of scientific experiments and smart medical devices.

Responsible Data Science in a Dynamic World
Prof.dr.ir. Wil van der Aalst

Prof.dr.ir. Wil van der Aalst is a distinguished university professor at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) where he is also the scientific director of the Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e). Since 2003 he holds a part-time position at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Currently, he is also a visiting researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento and a member of the Board of Governors of Tilburg University. His personal research interests include process mining, Petri nets, business process management, workflow management, process modeling, and process analysis. Wil van der Aalst has published over 200 journal papers, 20 books (as author or editor), 450 refereed conference/workshop publications, and 65 book chapters. Many of his papers are highly cited (he one of the most cited computer scientists in the world; according to Google Scholar, he has an H-index of 135 and has been cited 80,000 times) and his ideas have influenced researchers, software developers, and standardization committees working on process support. Next to serving on the editorial boards of over 10 scientific journals he is also playing an advisory role for several companies, including Fluxicon, Celonis, and ProcessGold. Van der Aalst received honorary degrees from the Moscow Higher School of Economics (Prof. h.c.), Tsinghua University, and Hasselt University (Dr. h.c.). He is also an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, and the Academy of Europe. Recently, he was awarded with a Humboldt Professorship, Germany’s most valuable research award (five million euros), and will move to RWTH Aachen University at the beginning of 2018.

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